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First video evidence of Mali amputations

BAMAKO — The first video evidence of amputations carried out by Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali was on Friday obtained by AFP. The video secured by AFP from a Malian journalist in Bamako was shot by a local cameraman with the agreement of the jihadists, the day after the amputations…

Job training program transforms transgender lives in Bangladesh

A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job. Many transgender people in south Asia, where they are known as hijras, are thrown out by their families…

Malaysia holds seminars for spotting LGBT children

The government of Malaysia is holding seminars for parents and teachers showing them how to spot supposed signs of homosexuality in children.  According to Reuters, the increasingly religious and conservative country is determined to root out potentially LGBT children and discipline them into heterosexuality. The Teachers’ Foundation of Malaysia has…

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo make raking of world’s priciest cities

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo are the world’s most expensive cities, but it is in the Swiss financial capital that residents enjoy the strongest purchasing power, according to a study published Friday. These three cities are the most costly on the planet when comparing prices for 122 goods and services, according…

French president outlines green energy policy

President Francois Hollande Friday pledged to close France’s oldest operational nuclear plant in 2016 and rejected seven proposals for shale gas exploration on health and environment concerns. “The Fessenheim plant which is the oldest in our country, will be closed at the end of 2016 in conditions that will guarantee…

UN asks for religious support in fighting world hunger

The UN food agency Friday said it was looking for support from world religious leaders in the fight against global hunger as the agency’s chief met the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. “Eradicating hunger not only makes economic and political sense, it is also a moral issue,” Food and Agriculture Organisation…

100 countries agree to tighten banking regulations

More than 100 countries support key changes to international bank regulation principles as a result of the global financial crisis, the Basel Committee of banking supervisory authorities said Friday. “Drawing on lessons learnt during the financial crisis that began in 2007, the revised Core Principles represent a significant step forward”…

Pentagon: U.S. sends team of Marines to Yemen

The United States has sent Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team to help protect its embassy in Yemen during demonstrations, the Pentagon said Friday. “A FAST platoon is now on the ground in Sanaa,” spokesman George Little told reporters, describing the deployment of the 50-strong unit as a “precautionary…

U.S. embassy in Tunisia on fire as protesters climbed walls

Protesters reportedly climbed the walls of a U.S. embassy in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The building is now on fire, according to a report by Al-Jazeera English. “Yes, I’ve seen people climbing the embassy wall five minutes ago and were able to jump in. Protesters, they were actually able…

Switzerland reports spike in wild animal life

Wild animals including bears, wolves and jackals are on the increase in Switzerland, a government agency said Friday, as it reported a spike in the figures across the country. “The development is spectacular,” said Reinhard Schnidrig, who heads the Federal Office for the Environment’s department for hunting, wild animals and…

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